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Moth: One of the Observer's 'Ten Debut Novelists' of 2021

Melody Razak

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The powerful story of a family in Delhi living through the heartbreak of Partition.

ONE OF THE OBSERVER'S 'TEN DEBUT NOVELISTS' OF 2021

'Powerful and heartbreaking'
OBSERVER

'I adored Moth: it's one of the best debuts I've ever read. It made my heart swell'
SARAH WINMAN

'Takes us right into the heart and heat of Partition-era Delhi. A rare delight'
ANNA HOPE

'A powerful and moving family story: every character springs from the page'
CLARE CHAMBERS

'One of the most immersive reading experiences I can remember. I loved this book'
SALLY MAGNUSSON

Delhi, 1946.
Ma and Bappu are liberal intellectuals teaching at the local university. Their fourteen year-old daughter - precocious, headstrong Alma - is soon to be married: Alma is mostly interested in her wedding shoes and in spinning stories for her beloved younger sister Roop.
Times are bad for girls in India. The long-awaited independence from British rule is heralding a new era of hope, but also of anger and distrust. Political unrest is brewing, threatening to unravel the rich tapestry of Delhi - a city where different cultures, religions and traditions have co-existed for centuries.
When Partition happens and the British Raj is fractured overnight, the wonderful family we have come to love is violently torn apart and its members are forced to find new and increasingly desperate ways to survive.
But the resilience of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing...

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Melody Razak

Melody Razak is a British Iranian fiction writer from London, with an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck. She has had short stories published in the Mechanics Institute Review, the Bath Short Story Anthology and the Brick Lane Short Story Prize. Before she started writing, she owned treacle&co, a cafe in Brighton and more recently worked in the kitchens of Honey and Co in London as a pastry chef. She is currently living in Brighton. Moth is her debut novel.

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